Questionnaires regarding ventilator-supported communication were sent to 150 speech-language pathologists in the United States. Fifty-seven questionnaires were completed and returned. Results indicated that respondents had had little or no graduate course-work in ventilator-supported communication; rather, the majority of their education and training had come from on-the-job experience and through continuing education opportunities. Respondents reported that the three most common speech and/or voice problems in ventilated patients were related to speech loudness, speech duration, and vocal quality. To enhance communication in their ventilator-supported patients, they used a wide variety of strategies and assistive devices. Finally, many respondents provided suggestions for future research in ventilator-supported communication.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology
|Published - Dec 1997
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Speech and Hearing